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almucantar

[al-myoo-kan-ter] /ˈæl myuˌkæn tər/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; the locus of all points of a given altitude.
Also called parallel of altitude.
Origin of almucantar
1350-1400
1350-1400; probably < Medieval Latin almucantarath < Arabic al-muqanṭarāt the almucantars, equivalent to al the + muquanṭarāt sundial, derivative of qanṭarah arch; replacing almicanter, Middle English almicanteras (plural) < Middle French almicantarath < Medieval Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for almucantar

almucantar

/ˌælməˈkæntə/
noun
1.
a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizontal plane
2.
an instrument for measuring altitudes
Word Origin
C14: from French, from Arabic almukantarāt sundial
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